Thx Pheasant and Nysees, I hope no one took my comments in any way negative towards the helpful advice, its just my frustration trying to figure out m/f for my um... Mentor, partner and great-grandad-in-law who technically has these birds! It's one of those frustrating, but kinda fun, while annoying parts of why this "hobby" is so awesome! Who needs Vegas when we gambel (pun intended) with 50 or hundred dollar birds!
Having some breeding Mountain quail have been a wish for my mentor for 80+ years of raising birds. Who knows how much he spent before me, but we spent close to 300 last year and had an incubator failure. One survived but was killed/died while this springs hatch was still under lights. About half as much this year and we are trying to get 4-5 more adult birds this fall, but can't decide how many males/females to order since we don't know what we have.
I guess I must be somewhat sadomasochistic to enjoy this??? Plus my mentor tends to do everything the way he always has, whether it be saying chicken laying mash is good for a quail since its what him and all his friends used for 80 years to closing all the holes in the incubator, even putting caulk around the cracks and gasket around the door blocking any possible airflow. I just have to laugh, otherwise I would go insane! I mention this because I think he went back to laying mash, so I might need to take his empty bag s of feed and fill them with proper feed when he isn't looking. Sometimes well meaning tricks are just easier than trying to change his mind.
Anyways, thank you both for all your help! I guess I will try to get two males and 3-4 females and worse case we will have 5 males and 4 females, or two males and 7 females, but probably something in-between!
We are looking at that fellow in Idaho (redman game farm or something like that) and Scott O'Brien from Maine. I've been told by several folks that they have some very nice bloodlines.Edited by chrishw - 10/17/15 at 8:33pm